Maria Saporta, Saporta Report
Atlanta’s preservation successes are few and far between.
So, we should celebrate when buildings once slated to be demolished will be preserved and put to a great use.
Georgia State University recently announced plans to house the new headquarters of its National Institute for Student Success in the “Bell buildings” on Auburn Avenue on a block that’s become a hub for the university – thanks to the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.
The Woodruff Foundation is making a $15 million gift to go towards the renovation and adaptive reuse of the Bell buildings, a project that’s expected to cost about $30 million.
In an interview, GSU President Mark Becker reflected on the shift in thinking between 2015, when the university was planning to tear down the 1907 and 1922 buildings for a surface parking lot.
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